Author Archives: Theo Stewart

About Theo Stewart

I am a dog Behaviourist (INTODogs - ICAN Companion Animal Behaviourist) and trainer covering Beds, Herts, Cambs and Bucks, a 'Victoria Stilwell' Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) and a full member of the IMDT. Graduate ISCP, International School for Canine Practitioners. My main site: www.dogidog.co.uk

Old Person Young Dog

Age is catching up on me fast. A couple of months ago I went to see a lady who described herself on the phone as a pensioner. She sounded elderly (it turned out she was younger than me). I have … Continue reading

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If they don’t understand English – SHOUT

When in another part of the world, we English have a reputation of expecting people to understand English. If they don’t, we think speaking more slowly and LOUDLY will make us understood. “WHERE-IS-THE-NEAREST-TOILET?”. Similarly, we expect our dog to understand … Continue reading

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Does ‘training’ really resolve unwanted behaviour?

The dog I went to yesterday persistently jumped at me as I sat at the table. The lady and gentleman were finding it near-impossible not to intervene. Is traditional training – using ‘commands’ – actually doing no more than getting … Continue reading

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The ‘Uh-uh’ Tick

I was at a dog show last weekend, talking to a few people who had problems with their dogs. There was a very friendly one-year-old Yorkie mix who nipped – and boy did he nip! He was excited, friendly – and nippy. … Continue reading

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A leftover from the dark ages of dog training?

I have (another) bee in my bonnet (I get more as I get older). Years ago, I was involved in the kind of dog training that was proud to use force, discipline and punishment in the name of Control. Dogs … Continue reading

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Old Owner, New Tricks?

There is a lot of information out there specifically about catering for the needs of our ageing and old dogs, from the first sign of slowing down to knowing just when is the right time to say goodbye. The  Oldies … Continue reading

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Say Hello Nicely.

I have just read a really interesting and comprehensive blog by Karen B. London in TheBark.com: A Guide to Dog to Dog Greetings To quote London: ‘Despite some variations, the basics tend to be the same. Dogs move toward each other … Continue reading

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